In the wake of Thanksgiving, let's give ourselves a break and make weeknight meals a little easier and a little lighter. These 20 vegan dinner recipes come together easily and are satisfying yet vegetable-driven.
There's a vibrant skillet paella, sweet potato tacos, spicy stir-fried cauliflower, and slow-cooker vegetable stew — all wholesome and colorful dishes heavy on vegetables that will leave you full and satisfied — no food coma required.
This Spanish rice dish is traditionally made with seafood, chicken, or sausage, but this version swaps the meat and fish for fresh produce and legumes. It's a veggie-filled dinner — perfect for any night of the week.
When you're in the mood for lighter fare and a meal to battle the chill in the air, this noodle soup will do the trick. Flavored with mushrooms and ginger, this dinner comes together in a snap.
These vibrant sweet-and-savory tacos prove that sweet potatoes can (and should) be far more than just a side dish.
This creamy coconut curried stew is full of tender vegetables and chickpeas, along with the warming flavors of ginger and garlic. A batch of this stew makes it worth pulling out the slow cooker and clearing some space on the counter. Make enough for leftovers!
With the help of onions, garlic, chili, ginger, and scallions, this stir-fry turns roasted cauliflower from a side dish to a crowd-pleasing main.
This simple, rustic weeknight meal gets an extra nutritional boost from mixing in whatever dark, leafy greens you have handy.
This simple-yet-aromatic salad combines plump kernels of farro with silky roasted eggplant and sweet caramelized onions for a dish that shines on its own.
This zucchini dish is inspired by banchan, those cute little side dishes served at Korean restaurants. With just five ingredients, it comes together quickly and brings with it a spicy kick. Serve it over your favorite grains to make it a meal.
Are you in the mood for some comfort food? Of course you are! This meal mixes fresh baby spinach and chickpeas — slow-cooked with ginger, garlic, and onion in a creamy coconut milk sauce — finished off with a healthy dash of lemon, and served over a sweet potato. It's comforting and features your daily dose of vegetables, all in one dish.
These tacos bring a pop of color and texture to the winter table. This recipe is versatile; it can be made with any winter vegetable you have on hand!
If there's one slow-cooker recipe to keep in your back pocket this winter, this is it. This hands-off meal is a colorful stew with just the right amount of spice.
12. Red Lentil Soup
Fast-cooking lentil soup is a satisfying and simple meal to put together, even when you're in a rush. It’s an ideal go-to when you want something hearty and healthy at the same time.
Skip the pita pocket and serve crispy falafel balls on a vibrant seasonal salad of kale, carrot, and thinly sliced onion. Top it all with a tangy tahini dressing.
There are few better comfort foods than Vietnamese phở. Between the broth, noodles, and assorted garnishes — like onions, herbs, chiles, and lime — this flavor-packed soup is a wonderful interplay of textures and flavors.
This salad does indeed have a lot going on, but somehow all the ingredients really work well together and balance each other out. The nutty-flavored wild rice and hearty chickpeas make this a dinner-worthy salad.
Everyone needs at least one quick-and-easy soba salad in their dinner lineup. Toss soba noodles with sesame oil, shaved carrots, scallions, and a little soy sauce for this tasty chilled noodle salad.
This is an especially vibrant salad, both in color and flavor, and one that's strong enough to stand alone as a main course. Cooked radishes, raw radishes, and crunchy lettuce are all tossed together in a fiery kimchi dressing.
With its rich, mushroom-studded filling tucked under a layer of mashed sweet potato, this dish has all the hallmarks of a good shepherd's pie, but it's completely vegan — and includes a secret ingredient that adds body and creaminess to the filling, without any cream.
Bright and garlicky chimichurri gives these avocado and black bean tacos a hit of heat and tang. It's an easy way to wake up a vegan meal with a punch of herbaceous flavor.
This salad gets its inspiration from pad Thai, but unlike pad Thai, there aren't any noodles. Instead, this crisp-and-crunchy salad is loaded with ribbons of zucchini and carrot, mild cabbage, earthy bell peppers, and some sweet-sour zing from grapefruit and lime.